Health Benefits of Lemon Water You Didn’t Know About
I was first introduced to the concept of lemon water when I started doing yoga. An avid drinker (of water!), it was refreshing to learn a new spin on an old favorite. When I started having a glass of lemon water every morning, it was after learning only two of the benefits of lemon water. Small did I know just how many there are!
Lemons are crowded like a clown car with nutrients, including vitamin C, B-complex vitamins, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, and fiber. (Fun fact: they contain more potassium than apples or grapes!)
Because of how hard lemon juice can be on the enamel of your teeth, it’s important to dilute it with water of any temperature (though lukewarm is recommended). Drink it first thing in the morning, and wait 15 to 30 minutes to have breakfast. This will help you fully obtain the benefits of lemon water, which are listed below.
16 Benefits of Lemon Water
1. Gives your immune system a boost
Vitamin C is like our immune system’s jumper cables, and lemon juice is full of it. The level of vitamin C in your system is one of the first things to plummet when you’re stressed, which is why experts suggested popping extra vitamin C during especially stressful days.
2. Excellent source of potassium
As already mentioned, lemons are high in potassium, which is good for heart health, as well as brain and nerve function.
3. Aids digestion
Lemon juice not only encourages healthy digestion by loosening toxins in your digestive area, it helps to relieve symptoms of indigestion such as heartburn, burping, and bloating.
4. Cleanses your system
It helps flush out the toxins in your body by enhancing enzyme function, stimulating your liver.
5. Freshens your breath
It also helps relieve toothaches and gingivitis (say wha?). Because the citric acid can erode tooth enamel, either hold off on brushing your teeth after drinking lemon water or brush your teeth before intake it.
6. Keeps your skin blemish-free
The antioxidants in lemon juice help to not only decrease blemishes, but wrinkles too! It can also be applied to scars and age spots to reduce their appearance, and because it’s detoxifying your blood, it will maintain your skin’s radiance.
7. Helps you lose weight
Lemons contain pectin fiber, which assists in fighting desire cravings.
8. Reduces inflammation
If you drink lemon water on a regular basis, it will decrease the acidity in your body, which is where disease states occur. It removes uric acid in your joints, which is one of the major causes of inflammation.
9. Gives you an energy boost
Lemon juice provides your body with energy when it enters your digestive tract, and it also helps reduce anxiety and depression. (Even the scent of lemons has a calming effect on your nervous system!)
10. Helps to cut out caffeine
I didn’t believe this until I tried it, but replacing my morning coffee with a cup of hot lemon water has really done wonders! I feel revitalized, and no longer have to deal with that pesky afternoon crash. Plus, my nerves are thankful.
11. Helps fight viral infections
Warm lemon water is the most effective way to diminish viral infections and their subsequent sore throats. Plus, with the lemon juice also boosting your immune system, you’ll concurrently fight off the infection completely.
12. Bumps up the vitamin C quotient
Since your body doesn’t make vitamin C on its own, it’s important to get enough of it from the foods and drinks you ingest. Luckily, lemons are chock-full of the vitamin.
What are the benefits of getting enough vitamin C? It stimulates white blood cell production, vital for your immune system to utility properly. As an antioxidant, vitamin C also protects cells from oxidative damage. Plus, getting enough vitamin C helps the immune system keep colds and flu at bay. Drinking lemon water daily ensures your body gets a sizable amount of vitamin C daily.
13. Alkalizes Your Body
According to proponents of the alkaline diet, foods depart an “ash” in your system that influences the pH of your body — how acidic or alkaline it becomes.
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Lemon water is said to be alkalizing. However, neither the pH of your blood nor cells can be altered by what you eat.
14. Fights Cancer
This claim emerged from the alkaline diet myth and is built on the basis that cancer cells cannot thrive in an alkaline environment.
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While cancer cells do prefer the cells around them to be acidic, studies show they can grow in alkaline environments as well. Also, cancer cells create their own acidic environment, and eating alkalizing food doesn’t stop it.
15. Raises Your IQ
Drinking water — lemon-flavored or otherwise — may help you feel more listening carefully in the morning, but it cannot increase intelligence.
16. Freshens breath
Have you ever rubbed a lemon on your hands to remove a powerful stench? It’s thought to neutralize odors. The same folk remedy may apply to bad breath caused by eating foods with strong smells like garlic, onions, or fish.
Keep your breath sweeter by drinking a glass of lemon water after meals and first thing in the morning. Lemon is thought to rouse saliva, and water helps prevent a dry mouth, which leads to bad breath caused by excess bacteria growth.
For those who weigh less than 150 pounds, squeeze half a lemon’s worth of juice into a glass of water. If over 150 pounds, use an entire lemon’s juice. You can of route dilute the lemon juice more, depending on your personal taste.
Not only are the benefits of lemon water endless, it’s one of the most considerable yet simple changes you can make for your health.